F.A.Q.: Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tour Sales

We had a record-breaking July, with Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours now completely sold out. Thank you to everyone who supports our mission to “enlighten, not frighten,” during Oakland’s largest seasonal event, we look forward to seeing you next year! Get a head start on 2018 by becoming an HOF Member to get two weeks advance access to Halloween tickets and much more. Click here to join: http://bit.ly/2nLVUyV


Enjoy historic Oakland Cemetery after dark at Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours, an autumn tradition in Atlanta! One of the only times to experience Oakland Cemetery after dark, Capturing the Spirit brings to life the stories of some of the cemetery’s noted residents. A costumed docent guides you through the cemetery’s beautifully-lit Victorian gardens as you the stories of Atlanta’s sons and daughters come to life.

Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Tours will be held nightly Oct. 20-22 and Oct. 26-28. Tours begin at 5:30 p.m. and continue every 15 minutes until 10:30 p.m. Tours on Oct. 22 and Oct. 26 end at 9:30 p.m.

Capturing the Spirit of Oakland is a sell-out event, with tickets selling faster and faster every year. Please read this important information about ticketing, tours, and more:


When do tickets go on sale? 
Tickets to Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours are available in advance only, at Freshtix.com.

Tour tickets go on sale to Historic Oakland Foundation Members at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 1.

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 15.

I’m an HOF Member. How do I purchase my tickets in advance?
In years past, HOF Members were sent a promo code to purchase advance tickets.
This year instead of a promo code, HOF Members will receive an e-mail containing a link to a private, HOF Members Only ticketing page at Freshtix.com. Member e-mails will be sent at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 1, in advance of tickets going on sale at 9 a.m.

If I join HOF between July 1 and July 15, can I still get early access to Halloween tickets?
Yes. To become a HOF Member, please click here. After completing your purchase, your HOF Membership confirmation receipt will include a link to the private, HOF Members Only link at Freshtix.com.

I didn’t receive my Members Only email. What do I do?
Ticketing e-mails will be sent to the e-mail address you used to purchase HOF Membership. Be sure to check your spam, junk, or clutter folder in your inbox to ensure e-mails from Historic Oakland Foundation weren’t sent there.

If your email address has changed or you cannot remember which e-mail address you used to become a Member, please contact info@oaklandcemetery.com with Subject Line: HOF Member Email.

How many tickets can I purchase? 
We understand that large groups may want to attend Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours.

There is a 25 ticket limit per household/credit card for this event. Orders exceeding the ticket limit may be cancelled without notice by Freshtix at its discretion. This includes duplicate orders having the same name, billing address, or credit card.

How much are tickets to Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours?
Tickets are $27 (plus taxes and fees) for adults, and $15 (plus taxes and fees) for children ages 4-12. Children 3 and under are free.

How do I purchase tickets on FreshTix? 

  • Use the arrow functions in the upper left corner (indicated in the green box below) to scroll the calendar to October.

  • Click on the “List View” button in the upper right corner (indicated in the green box below) to see a list of each tour time available for your selected date.

  • Select your desired tour time from the list. Please ensure you’ve carefully selected your preferred tour date and time before completing your transaction, as no refunds or exchanges will be issued.
  • Select the quantity of tickets from the drop-down menu. If the quantity of tickets exceeds available capacity, you will receive an error message:

  • If desired, select the quantity of t-shirts from the drop-down menu.
  • Proceed to checkout.

Can I purchase a Capturing the Spirit t-shirt? 
Limited-edition Capturing the Spirit of Oakland t-shirts are $28 (plus taxes and fees) for sizes S-XL and $30 (plus taxes and fees) for sizes XXL and XXXL.

T-shirts feature the 2017 Capturing the Spirit of Oakland design on the front, and this year’s featured tour residents on the reverse. Tees are long-sleeve and 100% cotton.

Your t-shirt will be available for pickup on the night of your tour. Please visit the Capturing the Spirit Pop-Up Shop and present your Freshtix receipt at pickup.

Each year Capturing the Spirit of Oakland features a new, unique tee design. Don’t forget to get yours!

Is Capturing the Spirit of Oakland family-friendly?
Designed to “enlighten, not frighten,” Capturing the Spirit of Oakland is family-friendly, but is recommended for children 8 and up.

 Can I bring a stroller to Capturing the Spirit of Oakland?
Yes, strollers are welcome. However, please note that some parts of Oakland Cemetery contain walkways that are narrow and uneven. Please use your discretion when planning your visit.

Is Oakland Cemetery wheelchair accessible?
Please note that as a historic site, some areas of Oakland Cemetery have uneven paths and are not ADA-accessible. Capturing the Spirit of Oakland tours last approximately one hour and the route is approximately one mile. Please be sure that you are capable of navigating the entire route.

Can I bring my dog along with me on the tour?
No. With the exception of service animals, dogs are not permitted during Capturing the Spirit.

Can I change my tour date or time after I’ve purchased my tickets?
No. Please ensure you’ve carefully selected your preferred tour date and time before completing your transaction, as no refunds or exchanges will be issued.

What if it rains during my tour?
Capturing the Spirit of Oakland is a rain or shine event. However, should serious inclement weather impact the event, tours will be cancelled and ticket holders will receive a pass good for two guided walking tours of Historic Oakland Cemetery.

This is a nighttime walking tour, so feel free to bring a flashlight or purchase one at the Visitors Center & Museum Shop. Be sure to wear clothing appropriate for the weather and comfortable shoes.

“Meet” a new bunch of residents each year!

I’ve been to Capturing the Spirit of Oakland before. Is this the same tour, or are there new characters?
Each year Capturing the Spirit of Oakland features new stories from new residents. You’ll never see the same tour twice!

How long is the tour route?
Capturing the Spirit of Oakland tours last approximately one hour and the route is approximately one mile.

Please note that as a historic site, some areas of Oakland Cemetery have uneven paths and are not ADA-accessible. Please be sure that you are capable of navigating the entire route.

During your tour, remain on the lighted pathway, as Historic Oakland Foundation and the City of Atlanta are not responsible for injuries incurred as a result of leaving the lighted path.

I have a question that’s not addressed here. Who should I contact?
If your question is related to online transactions on Freshtix, please contact Freshtix customer support by clicking here.

If your question is related to events at Oakland Cemetery, please contact info@oaklandcemetery.com or call 404-688-2107.

Historic Oakland Foundation offices are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. M-Th and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays. Due to the high volume of inquiries Capturing the Spirit of Oakland generates, please allow 1-2 business days for a response.